Recreation, Sports, Leisure, Athletics

SPECIAL OLYMPICS ARIZONA INC

aka SOAZ

Goodyear, AZ

Mission

The mission of Special Olympics Arizona is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for individuals with intellectual disabilities by giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Notes from the Nonprofit

The Special Olympics mission remains as vital today as it did when the movement was founded in 1968. Special Olympics strives to create a better world by fostering the acceptance and inclusion of all people by providing access to high quality sports, arts, health, leadership, advocacy and other inclusive programs for people of all abilities. Through the power of sports, people with intellectual disabilities discover new strengths and abilities, skills and success. Our athletes find joy, confidence and fulfillment -- on the playing field and in life. They also inspire people in their communities and elsewhere to open their hearts to a wider world of human talents and potential. Thank you for your support and interest in learning more about the inclusion revolution!

Ruling Year

2002

President & CEO

Mrs. Jamie Heckerman

Main Address

2455 North Citrus Road, Building 64

Goodyear, AZ 85395 USA

Keywords

Intellectual disabilities, Olympics sports, Inclusion, Leadership

EIN

86-0307564

 Number

7155371505

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Special Olympics (N72)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Health Support Services (E60)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Special Olympics is an unprecedented global movement, which, through quality sports training and competition, improves the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, and, in turn, the lives of everyone they touch. Special Olympics empowers people with intellectual disabilities to realize their full potential and develop their skills through year-round sports training and competition, as well as provide access to high quality health, art, and youth advocacy programs. As a result, Special Olympics athletes become fulfilled and productive members of their families and the communities in which they live.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Sports Training & Competitions

Unified Sports

Unified Champion Schools

Unified Arts

Healthy Athletes

AIA Unified Sports

Young Athletes

Healthy LEAP into Fitness

Unified Hiking

Unified Music

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of competition entrants

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

People with disabilities,

People with intellectual disabilities,

People with learning disabilities

Related program

Sports Training & Competitions

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

SOAZ empowers 21,461 active athletes (people with disabilities) and Unified partners (people without disabilities) and 24,743 volunteers.

Total number of competitions held

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

People with disabilities,

People with intellectual disabilities,

People with learning disabilities

Related program

Sports Training & Competitions

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

SOAZ hosts inclusive activities including 20 sports, 675 regional competitions, 3 state competitions, 8 health screenings, & 3 art programs.

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Our goals are to continuing increasing the amount of people who are engaged in Unified programming in Arizona. Simultaneously, Special Olympics Arizona will offer high-quality, sustainable programs and is not numbers driven but rather focused on ensuring access to programs of the Special Olympics high standards and expectations to ensure people with disabilities have equal access and opportunities.

We are developing new programs and partnerships to reach further into the community with inclusion.

We have strong hard working eager staff and our volunteer leadership has doubled its efforts in reaching out to the community.

Special Olympics Arizona tracks participation involvement and program reach annually.

We have accomplished what we wanted to do so far, and want to increase by another 50%. We are going outside of traditional sports and getting involved in schools and communities spreading the message of inclusion for all.

How We Listen

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

Source: Self-reported by organization

the feedback loop
check_box We shared information about our current feedback practices.
How is the organization collecting feedback?
We regularly collect feedback through: electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), paper surveys, focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person).
How is the organization using feedback?
We use feedback to: to identify and remedy poor client service experiences, to identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, to make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, to inform the development of new programs/projects, to identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, to strengthen relationships with the people we serve.
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
We share feedback with: the people we serve, our staff, our board.
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to: it is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, the people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome.
What significant change resulted from feedback
Established new Unified Arts program to engage students and adults with and without disabilities through creative forms beyond sports including music, photography, esports, robotics, gardening, and art contests. This came from a suggestion of a Unified pair at a local High School in Arizona.

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Financials

SPECIAL OLYMPICS ARIZONA INC

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes

Organizational Demographics

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? This organization has voluntarily shared information to answer this important question and to support sector-wide learning. GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/20/2019

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & Ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender Identity
Female
Sexual Orientation
Decline to state
Disability Status
Person with a disability

Race & Ethnicity

No data

Gender Identity

Sexual Orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity Strategies

Last updated: 08/20/2019

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data

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We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
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We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.

Policies and processes

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We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
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We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
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We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
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We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
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We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
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We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
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We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.